1995 JZA80 Toyota Supra
AJ Sakai | Repco Clayton
I drive a 1995 MK4 Aero Top Toyota SupraHow long have you owned your Supra?
I have owned the Supra for around 2 years now, i had purchased this vehicle knowing that the motor had a spun bearing. I Turned the key and all I heard was clunk clunk clunk. Being the optimist I was and with the encouragement from my girlfriend knowing that it was her favourite car in her favourite colour it meant is was a no brainer. I told myself 'no problem is too hard, this can be done' so I purchased the spun bearing Supra which i later found to be regretful choice.
Being a Supra, everyone will know that there's a 2JZ under the bonnet. Fortunately, this engine had a lot of extras already bolted onto it, I mean the engine had a spun bearing for a reason an that's because it was heavily modified with somewhat expensive aftermarket parts. Normally the Aero Top SZ supra comes with a naturally aspirated 2JZ and automatic gearbox but this particular vehicle was not normal. The previous owner had spent a fortune on building the motor with: pistons, Spool Rods, an S300 SX3 Borg warner turbo charger with an upgraded 82mm rear housing, titan motorsport harmonic balancer, 2000cc CNG injectors and much much more. I really lucked out on this car, i just had to work around getting it rebuilt and re-tuned.
In short everything inside the motor has been replaced. Fortunately enough, Repco was able to supply me with nearly every part I needed to rebuild the entire motor. Nason rods, bearings and rings, Permaseal gaskets, Gates racing belts, Narva electrical cable, Dayco thermostat, NGK performance spark plugs, and every other servicing part that would fit the 2J application was added. because the last thing i wanted was for something small to fail and ruin all of this hard work.Where do you work on your car?
Well there are many places that require me to work on my car, often it can be on the side of the road because one of my intercooler pipes has popped off. But yes, most of the work was done at home in my garage along with a few mates over a couple drinks but that's where I work on most of my cars.How does the car drive?
If I were to describe this vehicle in one word, I would say exhilarating. In it's current set-up it's pushing out 450kw to the rear wheels and that's thanks to the extremely large turbo, this turbo is pretty inefficient at this power rating and hits full boost all the way up at 5,600 RPM where it breath-takingly pushes you back into the seat, making you work for the strength to grab the next gear. The power will go up from here and this will make the turbo less choked up but it means winding up the fuel. For now I'll keep it at the current power and enjoy it for what it is and learn to control it before turning up the wick.What oils do you use?
With this particular build, I use Penrite Ten Tenths 10w-60 Racing oil and Penrite 75w-90 GL-4 gearbox oil the tried and trusted Penrite Pro Gear 80w-140 for the differential. Nothing has broken so far so I assume that these oils are doing my car very well.
I have a few other cars, my daily driver is trusty, rusty and extremely reliable EK Civic. I’ve owned this vehicle for a total of 5 years and it has been the most reliable car ever, it barely costs me anything to run and it’s just something I can rely on. Secondly I own a mildly modified 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec R which is the basis for a great drift vehicle but is too expensive to drift, the list goes on and more vehicles come in and out of the garage.